Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Adjunct Faculty Directory

Stacey Wescott

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor

Email: swescott1@luc.edu


Stacey Wescott is a visual journalist with the Chicago Tribune where she has worked since 1998. In 2001 she was part of the Tribune team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for “Gateway to Gridlock,” a series about the chaotic American air traffic system. In 2018, she won an IRE for her visual contributions on “Semaj Crosby,” an investigation into the death of a toddler and the failings of the Illinois Department of Children and family Services. In 2017, Wescott along with journalists David Jackson and Gary Marx, won several prizes their “Price of Pork” series exploring the problematic and toxic large-scale hog confinement and production industry in Illinois. The team won the Glen Cunningham Agricultural Journalist of the Year from the North American Agricultural Journalists, as well awards from the National Press Club, the Society for Environmental Journalists and the Humane Society of the United States. That same year she was named a Tribune Jones-Beck award winner for the multi-media series "Anxiety High," which explored the struggles of stressed-out, high-achieving teens in suburban Chicago. Wescott began teaching at Loyola's School of Journalism in 2019 and hopes to impart her passion for photography and community with her students. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Wescott lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two teen daughters.

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